Illustrated talk by Fuchsia Hart – Commerce, Creativity and Collaboration: The Story of Royal Worcester and the Islamic World

  • Thursday 11 February, 7:15pm
  • Location: Online Zoom Talk

Join us for some fascinating insights into Worcester porcelain’s inspiration and lively interactions with the world of Islam – from Arabic inscriptions on an 1820 breakfast service created by Chamberlains for the Nawab of the Carnatic, Azam Jah, to richly gilded 20th Century dinner services commissioned from Royal Worcester by rulers of the Gulf states. Not forgetting George Owen’s iconic reticulated late-19th Century vases which adapt the shapes of Indian and Middle Eastern vessels as their silhoutte.

Fuchsia Hart, PhD candidate at the Khalili Research Centre University of Oxford, and former Research Assistant for the upcoming Iran Exhibition at the V&A, was supported by the Islamic Art and Culture Subject Specialist Network to spend time with our collections and archives. She has translated Arabic inscriptions on the porcelain and pattern book designs and identified rare books in the archive that brought early illustrations of Islamic objects collected by the V&A to the factory’s design library in the 19th Century.

The talk will be illustrated with new photography of collection and archive items enabled by the project.

FREE but you need to book your place  Click here to book your place so we can send you the link to join the event.

Donations welcomed to support the Museum’s recovery, recommended £5-£10pp – option to add donation at checkout.

The link to join the Zoom lecture and joining instructions will be sent closer to the time.

You can also email [email protected] ; we are currently closed due to tier 3 restrictions – messages left on our main telephone number will be checked at least once a week but please email if you can.

Find our more about the project so far by visiting Arts of Islam project page.


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